Pie Week: Bronze Medal goes to…Strawberry Pie

Pie Week: Bronze Medal goes to…Strawberry Pie

My strawberry patch is going nuts. Almost makes me look like I have a green thumb. (Don’t be fooled.) This recipe describes a classic strawberry pie with fresh berries and a strawberry glaze. I was excited for a delicious way to put the berries to use and an excuse to make the glaze from scratch as most strawberry pies use a jar of red goo that kinda grosses me out.

I wish I could say this was perfection but it was insanely sweet, insanely thick, insanely too much! Either the glaze needed to be used more sparingly or it just doesn’t belong on sweet summer strawberries. I have reworked the recipe to take away some of the sweetness and a lot of the thickness. (The leftovers from the original recipe were so thick we used it as jam on toast this morning!)

I have made a similar recipe with raspberries and I think they are a much better berry for this style of pie…their tartness is a perfect balance with the sweet glaze. If you find a great deal on raspberries give it a shot, it’ll be a crowd pleaser. Promise!

Strawberry Pie - The Recipe

Strawberry Pie

about 2 lbs of strawberries

3/4 cups sugar

3 Tbsp cornstarch

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup water**

juice of 1/2 lemon

prepared pie crust

 

Wash, dry and hull strawberries. Fill the crust with the berries reserving 1 1/2-2 cup berries for the glaze.

Puree or mash the strawberries.

In a saucepan combine salt, sugar, and cornstarch. Then add water and mashed (or pureed) strawberries. Stir over medium heat until it comes to a boil and begins to thicken. Remove from the heat and add lemon juice.

Cool.

Pour over arranged strawberries. Making sure to cover the surface. Place in refrigerator to set before serving. Add whipped cream when serving.

 

**Never tried it myself but a little birdie told me ginger ale as a substitute for the water is awesome.

Strawberry Pie - Fresh Berries

Rinse the berries and remove the stems.

 

 

Strawberry Pie - Strawberry Puree

 

 

Puree/mash the strawberries…You can use an immersion blender, food processer, blender, food mill, potato masher…whatever you’ve got will do the trick.

Strawberry Pie - Dry Ingredients

 

Pour in the dry ingredients first.

Strawberry Pie - Dry Combined

 

Give them a quick stir. This will help prevent the dreaded globs of cooked cornstarch in your glaze. If you end up with a few anyway don’t worry, they’re easy to get rid of with a strainer.

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Turn the stove to medium…

 

 

Strawberry Pie - Add the puree

 

…and start pouring.
Strawberry Pie - Add the lemon

 

Once it thickens remove it from the heat and add the lemon juice.

Strawberry Pie - Strawberry Tart

 

Arrange the berries neatly over your crust…

Strawberry Pie - Strawberry Tart with Whip

 

…and drizzle the glaze over the top.

Strawberry Pie - Glazed

Or if you’d rather put them in a bowl and stir them lightly in the glaze.

Strawberry Pie - Glazed and Ready

…then arrange them in the pie shell.

This is summer at its best. Enjoy!

 

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